The death of CORONAVIRUS “will further increase” this week after another 717 people lost their lives due to the virus, said the UK’s chief scientific adviser.
The country reached another grim milestone today with the number of deaths from Covid-19 reaching 11,329, with confirmed cases also rising to 88,621 from 84,279 infections yesterday.
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At the government’s daily press conference, Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said that the UK should prepare for a spike in deaths this week before the rate “plateau”.
“We are following behind Italy – this week we will see a further increase afterwards, we should see a plateau.
“It may take a while before you see a decrease. This is what we expect to see. “
Sir Patrick also said that the expected decline in the death rate would be gradual and could last “two or three weeks”.
He said: “With the deaths, not only is there a delay, but we expect them to decrease much more gradually if you look at other countries.
NOT ON THE POINT
“This is what we expect to continue for two or three weeks, but we cannot be absolutely sure.
The government expert said that the number of people in hospital beds with Covid-19 was beginning to “stabilize” in many parts of the country.
He said it is expected to continue to flatten and decrease as the effects of social isolation “really affect the illness we see in the hospital.”
Sir Patrick appeared alongside Foreign Minister Dominic Raab who said there were “positive signs” in the latest data showing that the UK was “starting to win this fight” against coronavirus, but warned : “We have still not gone beyond the summit”.
Raab congratulated people on staying at home over the Easter weekend and added, “Our plan is working. Please respect it and we will go through this crisis together. “
He said: “At the end of last week, we were concerned that people would start to ignore the advice or cut corners because of the temptation to go out in the sun.
“WIN THE FIGHT”
“In fact, the vast majority of people stayed at home and understood the importance of doing so.
“By staying at home this weekend, you have saved lives.
“Thank you, your efforts make all the difference. And please continue – we have gone too far, we have lost too many loved ones and we have sacrificed too much to relax now. “
Among the latest deaths, a 21-year-old nursery worker died after catching a coronavirus while waiting for a hospital transplant.
Katie Horne, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, battled both Covid-19 and liver disease for 12 days after a positive diagnosis did not allow her to be on the transplant list.
And eight other health workers died from the disease – bringing the total of the NHS and health workers to 39.
Front-line workers terrified after now begging for protective gear – with a nurse saying they should reuse a plastic apron and mask.
In England today, the NHS has confirmed that 667 people between the ages of 17 and 98 have died – 40 of whom have no underlying health conditions.
The figure estimates the total number of deaths in England at 10,261.
In Scotland today, nine more people have died, bringing the death toll to 575.
And there have been 15 other deaths in Wales – with a total of 384.
In Northern Ireland, six other people died, bringing the total number of deaths to 124.
This morning, 14,506 Covid-19 tests were carried out at 9 am, less than 18,000 yesterday.
The death toll in the UK reached 10,612 yesterday after another 737 people lost their lives due to illness.
But the real total could be higher due to a delay in reporting the numbers over the weekend.
The previous weekends, the official figures dropped, before starting to climb again the following week.
It happens that Boris Johnson greeted the “invincible” doctors at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital in an emotional video message after he was released from hospital after a seven-day battle with the killer virus.
The PM said: “The NHS saved my life. No question. Things could have gone both ways. “
And he especially praised Jenny McGee, 35, and Luis Pitarma, 29, who monitored him for 48 hours in intensive care giving him vital oxygen.
He posted the video message after a meeting with pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds in Downing Street.
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PM will now spend time recovering from Covid-19 at his country home in Buckinghamshire, Ladies.
Meanwhile, Dominic Raab will continue to chair the daily meetings of Covid-19 in his absence and begin to examine the evidence for the operation of the lock.
Last week, he said it was “too early” to relax the measures and warned that they were likely to be extended.
Britain is now entering its fourth week of coronavirus lockouts, with the government scheduled to review the rules by Thursday.
Johnson unleashed drastic measures on March 23 – ordering all non-essential travel and public gatherings to stop as well as close down pubs and restaurants.
The British were also urged to leave their homes only to exercise, to buy essential items, for medical care or when their work could not be done at home.
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Since the rules were imposed, the number of people who test positive for coronavirus has increased from 6,650 to more than 80,000.
The total number of deaths in the UK has also risen from 335 on March 23 to more than 10,000 – with fears that the death toll has not yet peaked.
The Times quoted an unidentified minister as saying it was important not to “do more damage”, and the measures could be relaxed after three weeks.
Any lifting of the lockdown could see a second wave of cases hit the UK and put pressure on the NHS again.
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